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Update Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android 9.0 Pie Firmware with One UI

If you own Samsung’s Galaxy J3 (2017), this is a complete guide on how to install and officially update your phone with Android Pie One UI firmware. As Samsung keeps each of its phones on the update roster for at least 2 years, the older J3 (2017) is just now being updated with Android Pie. This latest firmware release is a major one as it brings in a newer Android version, various new features and also, Samsung’s very own revamped One UI. Despite being available only in few regions, you can immediately update your Galaxy J3 (2017) using this guide.

While we are near the official launch of Android Q, it is unfortunate that Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) users are only just getting Android Pie. The latest update, however, should be substantial for the device. Carried straight from Samsung’s high-end Galaxy models, new One UI skin is much more refined and easy to use. Further, the firmware update carries performance improvements as well. If you are running a custom ROM and want to restore back to factory settings, this guide works perfectly for that as well. Further, if you haven’t received the update through OTA(Over-the-air) update system, you can use this guide to skip the wait and install it manually. Before beginning, make sure to create a complete backup. Do note, the ahead given procedure its written to only work with Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017).

Install Android 9.0 Pie Update, Galaxy J3 (2017)

Disclaimer: Please use this guide at your own risk. We, at TeamAndroid, would not be held responsible if you brick or generally mess up with your device. Further, the firmwares, system files or apps used are property of their respective owners.

Android Pie Firmware Details:

This update is a major one. It carries new Android Pie revision and with that, it also comes with Samsung’s latest One UI software skin. After installing, you would be able to notice all changes immediately.

This firmware tutorial applies to various Galaxy J3 (2017) varaints. The specific model numbers supported through this guide are mentioned ahead.

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) J330F

To make sure you own the correct Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) model / variant, go to Settings > About phone > Model number.

You might find these following Galaxy J3 (2017) related articles interesting:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy J3 (2017), read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update Galaxy J3 (2017) to Android Pie official firmware update.

How to Install Android Pie on Galaxy J3 (2017)

Ahead, we have a detailed step-by-step procedure through which you can update Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) to Android Pie build. The firmware is an official one signed by Samsung and we will utilize latest ODIN to flash it onto Galaxy J3 (2017).

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing on your device.

ODIN3 v3.09

To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017). Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • Firmwares used in this post are official releases by Samsung for the Galaxy J3 (2017).
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android Pie update from the following links for your specific Galaxy J3 (2017) model to your computer and extract the zip file.

Step 2 – Download Odin which will help you to install Android Pie update on Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017).

Step 3 – Switch OFF your phone. Now go to Download Mode. How? Press and hold the Volume Down + Bixby buttons together, and then press the Power button till you see the construction Android robot and a triangle. Press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode.

Step 4 – Make sure you have your Galaxy J3 (2017) USB drivers installed on your computer.

Step 5 – Open ODIN on your computer. Connect your phone to your computer while your phone is in the Download Mode.

Step 6 – If your phone is connected successfully, one of the ID:COM boxes will turn yellow with the COM port number. This step might take some time.

Step 7 – Now select the files that you have to flash/install on your phone. These files are to be found from the extracted files in Step 1.

  • Click on ‘AP’ and select file with ‘AP’ in its name.
  • Click on ‘CP’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with ‘CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
  • Click on ‘BL’ and select file with ‘BL’ in it’s name. Ignore if there is no such file.

If you are using an older version of ODIN or flashing a firmware which doesn’t have the above mentioned file name format then look below for the abbreviations to the old name format. Do note that only file name changes, the functionality and back end process remains the same so don’t worry.

  • AP = PDA
  • BL = Boot Loader
  • CP = Modem

Step 8 – In ODIN, check the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. As for the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you selected a .PIT file in the above step.

Step 9 – Now click on the Start button in ODIN. Installation process will start and would take a few minutes to complete.

Step 10 – After the installation is completed, your phone will restart. After you see the home screen, unplug your phone from the computer.

That’s it. Your Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) has now been updated to Android Pie firmware update. Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

Backup and Other Important Tips

Please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung Smart Switch to your computer. Smart Switch helps to move data across different Android devices i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge backup data to Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017).

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.

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